Employment Law Consultant (02-14-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health. Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged. Published every Tuesday and Thursday.


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A little extra, “The Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day” from NPR
Valentine’s Day

★ Are you a California employer who requires employees to call in two hours before a shift to determine whether or not they are needed, and report to work if called in? If so, you will want to read this article from Fisher|Phillips, “California Court Ushers In Sweeping Changes For Scheduling Policies” Comments?
Shift Work Changes

★ Have you considered what to do if an employee has a drug overdose at work or suffers from an addiction to drugs? From Forbes, “One Thing Every Workplace Should Make A Priority In 2019” Comments?
Drugs in the Workplace

★ The “R” word has been creeping into discussions on the economy, from McKinsey & Company, “Anticipating economic downturns” Comments?
“R” Word

★ Some practical conflict resolution tips from Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, “3 Negotiation Strategies for Conflict Resolution” Comments?
Dispute Resolution

★ Concerned about losing employees? You might find this new report from the Addison Group of interest, “What makes employees head for the hills?” Comments?
Why Employees Leave

★ A useful tool from the Pew Research Center, “Explore unauthorized immigration by state using our new interactive” Comments?
Immigration Tracker

★ Some foods for thought, from the BBC (Good Food), ” 5 ways the food you eat affects your brain” Comments?
Brain Foods

★ A “deep dive” on the evolution and transformation of technology from the BBC (Future), “Technology in deep time:how it evolves alongside us” Comments?
Technology Evolves

★ A moment of calm, for cat lovers, from Blue Zone, “Cat Cafe Trend: Loneliness and Relaxation in a Time of Political and Economic Unrest” If you have cats you already knew this.

★ Couldn’t talk about the health value of cats without reference to another one of nature’s gifts to humans, from the Blue Zone, “Dread the Treadmill? Ditch it and Get a Dog” Comments?

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